I absolutely LOVE this hotel. Every aspect of our stay exceeded my expectations. I was traveling with my teenage son from Seattle to visit colleges in New York. We had several cities to visit so we were looking for good value and figured we would have to do without in order to find something we could afford. The reviews I read were good and the location sounded great so we thought we would give it a try. I was so pleased and surprised at how great the Pods turned out to be. We had a bunkbed room. The room was the exact size we expected...small. But it was a very efficient, smart layout so the size was never a problem. The designers of these rooms seriously put thoughtful planning into everything and it showed. Little shelves on the wall next to the beds had power outlets and held the remote control, phone and other things you might want within reach. There was a stand to hold suitcases, hang clothes, a small desk with a chair, trash can. The bathroom was also laid out well and my 6'3 son absolutely loved the showerheads that came from the ceiling. Finally a shower he didn't have to duck to get under. Everything was extremely clean and the beds were VERY comfortable. Perfect beds for recovering after long days of walking and exploring the city. Each bunkbed had its own TV and remote at the foot of the bed. My son and I both appreciated being able to enjoy our own shows as we fell asleep. This hotel was extremely quiet. The doors were very thick and blocked out all hallway noise you typically hear in a hotel. Our room was right next to the elevator and I was very worried about how loud that would be. I almost requested a new room but quickly realized I couldn't hear it at all. Literally the only noise I heard the entire time I was there was water from the sink in the room next door while I was standing at my sink...one time. I was so impressed with this. The customer service was amazing. The offered to hold our bags hours before our check-in and again after we checked out so we could maximize our visiting of the city. They were so accomodating. The Ipads in the lobby were connected to a wireless printer so we could print out itineraries, tickets, look up maps etc. Super convenient. The concierge desk was there to help arrange airport transportation if you hadn't done so already. We took The Newark Liberty Express Bus directly from Grand Central Station to Newark Airport and it couldn't have been easier (printed tickets in hotel lobby)...two block walk, boarded the bus and quick ride to the airport. The free wifi in the hotel was fast, never had any issues with connectivity speed. The location was perfect for us. Two blocks from Grand Central Station where we could literally get anywhere we needed to in the City. We walked to Time Square, Central Park and several popular tourist areas from the hotel so those areas are within a walkable distance, but not super close. There are restaurants on the same block and a convenient store right on the corner (pretty spendy so expect to pay for that convenience). We saw people of all ages staying in the hotel. The rooftop bar area was awesome. We were there in February so the bar was not open but the views were still great. There is a nice seating lounge area upstairs and nice bar in the lobby as well. The bathrooms had frosted glass sliding doors so there wasn't great privacy if you were standing right next to the bathroom, might not be best set-up if you weren't staying with family. The only negative I saw were the slow elevators. There were only two elevators and people were always waiting, and complaining. We were lucky that we were on the 2nd floor so once our suitcases were in the room, we took the stairs for the rest of the time so it didn't impact us. Overall a great experience at a super price and I will only stay at the Pod Hotels when visiting New York in the future. We were given POD HOTEL ballcaps when we left and I wear them often and tell anyone who will listen what a great experience we had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There’s a Pod for every person, and an endless range of possibilities. The Pod 39 Hotel offers hip, convenient and personalized accommodations for the stylish and spend thrifty traveler. The Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and is New York’s number one choice for visitors on a budget. Each Pod is individually climate controlled and equipped with efficient, stylish furniture that’s designed to maximize your comfort and your living space. Guests can plug into the Pod community before arriving on our Pod Culture Forum. Swap stories, trade itineraries and ideas and get to know your fellow Pod mates.It’s your Pod. Make the most of it. ... more less
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